Produce Application

Seeds and Stems Farm

Owner: Tom and Jenna Bagby-Moon

Address:
1400 Athens Rd
Winterville, GA 30683
Clarke County

Application Date: 2017-06-12

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We believe in growing naturally and preserving the integrity of the land that we use to grow our products. We currently utilize all naturally grown requirements and would therefore like to get the certification to make it official. It will also help us to apply to be a vendor in our local farmer's markets.
Are you currently third party Certified for your produce operation by any other organization (Organic, Biodynamic, etc)? *
no
Have you ever been certified in the past? *
no
Have you ever been denied certification? *
no
How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
Through our local extension agent in Clarke County, Amanda Tedrow.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
2
Number of above acreage that you own: *
2
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
1
Fruit Crops:
1
Hay:
0
Grains/Beans:
0
Sugarbush:
0
Other Acreage:
18
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *











Please Specify Any Other Items:
Native nursery trees
Please check all markets you grow for (this will be displayed on your farm profile to help potential buyers find you). *











Please Specify Other Markets:
Locally Grown website

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
We use a chisel plow once every five years, PTO tractor driven tiller one to two times per year and per plot, and to prepare rows we use a BCS with a rotary plow and to fertilize we use the tiller attachment on the BCS. We do use extensive cover crops such as tillage radishes and avoid tilling the earth as much as possible.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Buckwheat, Red Clover, Sunflowers, Sunnhemp, Sorghum-Sudan, Radishes, Cowpeas, Subterranean Clover, Black Oats, Austrian Winter Peas, Wheat, and Vetch.
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
We purchased complete from retailers with OMRI tag, other local farmers and our own.
Please list application rates. Give a specific amount or range (for example: one to two tons per acre, ten wheelbarrow loads per 1,000 square feet, or 1-2 inches deep). Do not answer "varies". *
1-2 inches deep applied directly to the row.
Do you use Manure? *
no
Please list any other brought in fertility sources that you use (specific rock powders, lime, soybean / alfalfa meal, specific purchased pre-mixes, etc)and how often it's used. If you indicate a name brand product, please also specify the ingredient/s. *
Dolomitic Lime, Blood Meal, Feather Meal, Green Sand, Bone Meal and Naturesafe OMRI pelleted fertilizer.
Have any chemical fertilizers been applied to the fields you are seeking Certification for in the last three years (36 months)? *
no
Have any non-acceptable pesticides and/or herbicides been applied to these fields in the last 3 years? *
no
Do you use Professional Soil Testing services? *
yes
Describe your primary weed problems AND methods of control. Do not answer "none". You MUST indicate either actual weed challenges and/or LIKELY challenges, and you must ALSO indicate how you manage (or would manage) them. If you indicate a product, also specify how often it's used. *
Our primary weeds are Johnson Grass, Nutsedge, Amaranth, Bermuda Grass, Privet, Plantain and Blackberries. We use goat grazing, manual hoeing, tractor tilling, plastic mulch, and in the future we will use flame weeding. We do not use any herbicides.
Describe your primary insect challenges AND methods of control. Do not answer "none". You MUST indicate either actual pest challenges and/or LIKELY challenges, and you must ALSO indicate how you manage (or would manage) them. If you indicate a product, also specify how often it's used. *
Our primary insect challenges are Flea Beetles, Spider Mites, Fire Ants, Mites, Leaf Miners, Coddling Moths, Cucumber Beetles, Stink Bugs, Horn Worms, and Corn Ear Worms. We use physical barriers such as floating row covers, and chemically we use insecticidal soap "M-PEDE", Pyrethrins "Pyganic", BT "Dipel-DF", Spinosad "Azera", and Neem Oil. We scout for insects and pest damage regularly and spray very infrequently but early when a problem arises. We also physically remove some pests such as horn worms and slugs.
Describe your primary disease challenges AND methods of control. Do not answer "none". You MUST indicate either actual disease challenges and/or LIKELY challenges, and you must ALSO indicate how you manage (or would manage) them. If you indicate a product, also specify how often it's used. *
We face diseases such as nematodes, anthracnose, blossom end rot, blight, root and stem rot, mildew, fusarium, and scab. We do not spray for these. We mostly scout and remove diseased plants and try to prune and manage plants to maximize air flow. We also use plastic and straw mulch as well as cover cropping and crop rotation in order to minimize soil diseases.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Athens-Clarke County water service. We hope to get a well soon.
Are there any known contaminants in the irrigation water? *
no
Are you a maple producer who seeks to certify your sugarbush? *
no

Seeds, Transplants and Buffers

Do you purchase or grow using any Genetically Modified seeds? *
no
Do you use any chemically treated seeds in your operation? *
no
Do you grow your own transplants? *
yes
Are they grown using Naturally Grown/Organic methods? *
yes
If they're not grown according to CNG methods, please list them here. This produce may not be sold as Certified Naturally Grown. (If they are, put "N/A") *
N/A
Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
yes
From which sources do you buy transplants? *
Johnnys Seeds and local CNG and organic farms
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
Yes
Please list any bought-in transplants not grown according to CNG standards. This produce may not be sold as Certified Naturally Grown (except, in the case of perennials, after twelve months of CNG cultivation). *
N/A
Chemical/Spray Drift and Buffers:
Is there any likelihood of Chemical/Spray drift contamination of your fields? *
no
Do you have an adequate buffer to protect yourself from potential contamination? *
yes
Please describe your buffer. Be as specific as possible. On all sides, how far is it from your crops to the next closest use (road, conventional crop, residential yard)? Be sure to specify what is grown on neighboring land that is in agricultural use. For example: To the north and east, a wooded area of at least 100 yards separates us from the neighbor's corn fields, to the south is a fallow field at least 100 yards deep separating us from the road, and to the west about 60 feet separates our crops from a field where conventional corn and soybeans are grown. *
Our eastern border is with a Certified Organic Farm, to the south we have 6-700 feet of trees before residential housing, to the west we do border some houses with about a 40-50 foot barrier but our fields are 500 feet from there, and to the north we are close to a road, but we have a 20 foot thick Riparian buffer of trees and Elaeagnus. No conventional crops are grown in our immediate area.

Agreements

Please indicate your agreement with the following statements by checking the boxes.
I will not label, or in any way lead consumers to believe that produce not raised in accord with CNG standards is Certified Naturally GrownTM. *
I understand that I have to complete at least one (and hopefully more) Certification Inspection(s) of another farm in my area each year, and that the inspection will NOT be of the same farmer that inspected me. *
I have reviewed the Certified Naturally Grown certification standards, I understand them, and I will abide by them. I understand that if I have any questions I may contact CNG for clarification. *
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